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December 21, 2011

First, I want to apologize to those reading this post for information about the Yale School of Management Synchronized Swimming Club, because as of this writing no such club exists. Instead, this post is about the Integrated Curriculum.

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December 11, 2011

This past Wednesday was the last Mathletics class of the semester. The last week consisted of class presentations and had topics ranging from marathon running to soccer.To follow up on my group's project which explored which regular season statistics were the best predictors of playoff success, we found that while regular season win percentage was a somewhat reliable predictor in the NBA and NFL, the best predictor of the MLB playoffs is luck. Listed below are the Week 14 Mathletics football rankings.

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December 7, 2011

In the universe of graduate/professional degree programs, the MBA degree offers perhaps the most practical curriculum. Yale SOM offers no shortage of applicable courses. But Yale SOM also provides the ability to take courses, inside and outside the school, that aren’t as directly relevant to one’s career trajectory. Or so one might think.

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November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! Listed below are the updated Mathletics Football rankings for Week 12. The Packers are still on top, though they the 5th ranked Detroit Lions this week in Detroit.

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November 17, 2011

It's just about that time of the semester where our focus in many classes shifts to our term projects. For Mathletics, we get to pick our own topics and my group has chosen to evaluate the playoff systems of the 3 major sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL) to see which one most effectively selects the best team. My hypothesis is that the NBA does due to its long series and widespread playoff participation, though I will report back our results after we've conducted the research. In our last post, Koopman prize winning professor Ed Kaplan provided us with up-to-the minute football rankings.

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November 13, 2011

Few years ago, when I had just started as a freshly minted analyst from college, I visited 745 Seventh Avenue building, home to erstwhile Lehman Brothers. Back then, the CEO of Lehman used to sit on 31st floor and the only reason you would ever step foot on that floor was if you were going places (up the ladder or out). Little did I realize that in a few years, I would be having lunch on the coveted 31st with senior leadership of BarCap. The façade of 745 looks different now. It’s blue and sports the logo of its British owners. So does another building 383 Madison, now home to JP Morgan.

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November 13, 2011

Fall 2 is fully underway and one of the electives that I am taking is called Mathletics. Over the next month, I will be working with Professor Ed Kaplan to provide some insight into this unique class. Here we go: Probability modeling and statistics are fundamental tools of management science. Building upon earlier core coursework in probability, statistics, and spreadsheets, Mathletics is designed to provide additional experience using these modeling tools via applications to entertaining problems in sports.

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October 31, 2011

I was skeptical about whether the Yale MBA integrated curriculum was really all that different at the start of Fall 1. We have just started Fall 2 and the organizational perspectives courses so I'll withhold overall judgment on the curriculum for a later post.

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October 23, 2011

Just wrapped up the first quarter of my second year. And while the chance to return to school to learn about things I’m passionate about is itself a great opportunity, with the core behind me and a huge selection of courses to choose from, this quarter felt particularly indulgent. I was like a kid in a candy store.Of course, in Managing Strategic Networks it turns out, I was more like a fish in a sea. In this class we analyzed both our own networks, the networks of organizations, and ways to leverage consumer networks in marketing strategies.

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October 21, 2011

Hello world! My name is Dwight Tran '13. You can read all about me on my profile - however, my identity can be summed up in three defining categories by my peers: Google (a.k.a. Ex-googler, Xoogler), Polo (the kind with horses), Parrots (not Parents).

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